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Professional Organizations

Sep 17, 2019

Involvement with professional organizations can provide trainers with numerous ways to access information/training resources, activities, and a network of colleagues that help you stay current on best practices in both early care and education topics as well as adult learning theory/training techniques.

Some organizations offer this through paid membership (with special benefits) and active group participation at various levels, while others make free resources available to all who simply visit and explore their web sites, or to those who sign up for/subscribe to them.

Below is a list of 11 professional organizations (with links to their respective web sites) that were shared and discussed at recent Trainer Connection events around Kentucky.  You are strongly encouraged to research them on your own to learn of the value they might have for you in your work as a trainer or early care and education professional.

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Association for Talent Development

ATD is an international professional membership organization (with local chapters) supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world.

https://www.td.org/

Greater Cincinnati - https://gcatd.org/

Louisville - http://atdky.org/

Bob Pike Group

A training/leadership consulting group that also shares industry resources with trainers.

https://www.bobpikegroup.com/  

Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood 

The CEC/DEC are part of a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

https://www.cec.sped.org/  

https://www.dec-sped.org/

Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education (affiliate of SECA)

https://www.mykaece.org 

KAECE exists to serve and support the early care and education community to improve the lives of children and their families.

Master Builders Academy

Accessed through the phone app called Meetup, this Louisville area professional group serves as an incubator for personal development and entrepreneurship through regular meetings with detailed agendas/topics (that you must pay to attend).  A Louisville trainer has found them to be very skilled helpful in the area of growing a successful independent small business.

https://www.meetup.com/Master-Builders-Academy/

National AfterSchool Association

NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.

https://naaweb.org/

National Association for the Education of Young Children   

Membership organization promoting high-quality learning by connecting practice, policy, and research.

https://www.naeyc.org/

playmeo

playmeo is an online platform of resources that will teach you how to lead remarkably fun programs that help people interact, share and connect.

https://www.playmeo.com/

Southern Early Childhood Association

Brings together preschool, kindergarten, primary teachers & administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with & for families, to promote quality care and education for young children.

https://www.southernearlychildhood.org/

Training Magazine Network

A social learning community hosted by Training Magazine.

https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/

https://trainingmag.com/

Zero to Three

To ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.

https://www.zerotothree.org/

-Hans Petersen
(Jefferson Region)